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gerry12ie

Steerer Tube

After a few months of playing around with spacer arrangements I think I have settled on my riding position for the new bike.  I got decent Easton EC90SLX forks and for the initial setup I left the steerer tube deliberately long.  Thing is I now have a little stack of spacers above the stem - not TOO high but high enough to irritate me in a feckless, Euro way.  I have never cut a carbon steerer but I hear its not rocket science.  However,they are £250 forks and that makes me a bit edgy.  Any thoughts or tips, or should I just get the (good) LBS to do it?  

Ta very much
Guiness

I've never cut a carbon steerer. Too chicken. Are you confident enough to do it? How much will it cost you to get the chaps at your LBS to do it? balance that costs against the £250 you might need to fork out to get a new one if you didn't do a great job. I'm told it is not good having the tube long in case you come off the bike and hit yourself on it.
berck

I would suggest the LBS myself.

I do know that the suggestion with the carbon steer tube is to leave just a bit above the stem and not flush like what would be done with a metal one. Its suppose to help the strength of the carbon. Anyway, most I've seen have about 1/4" spacer above the stem
gerry12ie

Thanks guys I like doing my own stuff but its really not worth taking a chance on ruining nice forks, so the bike shop it is.

Cheers thumright
CapeRoadie

Hacksaw.  Hey, did Sean Kelly just say "...the forst 20 K's"?
Bartali

I did mine ... and the ISP.  Its easy.

BUT .... measure twice, cut once!

Oh ... and use a brand new hacksaw blade!
MAILLOT JAUNE

Bartali wrote:
.... measure twice, cut once!

That's my family motto!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm thinking of getting it in Latin on a Coat of Arms!
Guiness

gerry12ie wrote:
Thanks guys I like doing my own stuff but its really not worth taking a chance on ruining nice forks, so the bike shop it is.

Cheers thumright


All go well, mate?
gerry12ie

Guiness wrote:
gerry12ie wrote:
Thanks guys I like doing my own stuff but its really not worth taking a chance on ruining nice forks, so the bike shop it is.

Cheers thumright


All go well, mate?


Not yet Guinness!  I spoke to my LBS about it and in the course of the conversation I explained that usually after 3+ hours on the bike the back of my neck was often a little sore and stiff.  He has given me the contact details of a bike-fitting specialist who he recommends and by coincidence I spoke to a mate today who used this service to free himself of the same problem.  He reckoned it was the best bike-related €100 he ever spent.  I think I will check it out before I cut anything.  Cycling, not so free and easy as you might think...

http://www.bikefittingireland.com/about_us_1.html
Bartali

Do you wear glasses?  Same thing happens to me if I go all 'Fignon'; but all is well with contacts.
gerry12ie

Bartali wrote:
Do you wear glasses?  Same thing happens to me if I go all 'Fignon'; but all is well with contacts.


Nope, just for reading.  The guy I spoke to today said that the fitter shortened his stem, actually dropped the bar height, shifted the saddle slightly, and re-positioned his cleats.  Prior to that he had about three years of intermittent neck pain but since the changes were made he has had no trouble whatsoever.  €100 seems a bit excessive but he did say he was there for over two hours so it seems to be a fairly intensive session and probably worth it.  I think I will give it a go as it can be a bit of a eh pain in the neck at times...   Wink
Bartali

boom boom!!
berck

I highly recommend the fit too Gerry. I felt mine was the best $80 bucks I spent a couple of years ago. It has helped me feel a lot better on the bike, and they gave me a lot of useful tips.
Guiness

Gerry - go for it. I had the same problems and the bike fitting session sorted it. Worked out about 200 quid but I was there for 2.5 hours getting all tested and fitted. Lots of money but well worth it. No pain since.
CapeRoadie

I'm doing bike fittings in my office now.  You're all welcome to a free fitting (should you need one) if you can make it to this side of the Pond.

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